West Caldwell Public Library
WCPL News & Events
January 2021
The West Caldwell Public Library is open!

The library is now opened to the public! Patrons are free to come into the building with a few guidelines to keep in mind. We are allowing 30 minutes visits, no computer access, remote printing, and offering curbside pickup.

Our hours and guidelines are subject to change, so be sure to call the Library at 973-226-5441 or visit our website before planning your visit.

If you would like to stay updated with the COVID-19 vaccines, visit our website HERE.

We are no longer participating in the Essex County Reciprocal Borrowing Program (ReBL).
If you work, own property, or tenants in West Caldwell, you can borrow material from WCPL!

Library Hours
Monday 10-4
Tuesday 10-4
Wednesday 10-7
Thursday 10-4
Friday 10-4
Saturday 9-12

Please note: The Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, to observe Presidents Day.
Chat with us!
LiveChat available
Our Librarians are available 9am-5pm through LiveChat on our website!

Other ways to contact us:
Give us a ring at 973-226-5441
Email wcalref@westcaldwell.bccls.org
Support the Library

To learn more about what the Friends do for the library and how to become a member

The Friends of the West Caldwell Public Library are pleased to announce the availability of museum passes for up to four people at Imagine That!!!, a New Jersey Children’s Museum located in Florham Park. It is one of the few local museums that specializes in pre-school age and young school children, offering a wide variety of exhibits and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

At Imagine That!!!, children are encouraged to touch, discover, learn and explore many unique exhibits. Embracing a learning-through-play model, children will discover interesting exhibits specifically designed to stimulate the child’s imagination and intellect while providing them with a fun and exciting day!

Museum Pass guests will have priority access and do not require reservations, but call the museum before you go, to verify there are no parties that have been booked. 

Museum Passes can be reserved by patrons with a valid West Caldwell Public Library card, online at MuseumKey or at the Reference Desk in the Library. Call for further details. (973-226-5441)

For more information on museum passes, visit our webpage HERE.

Book Sale and Book Donations

All items in the book sale are on sale for $0.25! We are accepting donations of 3 bags per patron.

Upcoming Adult Events
Virtual Concert

Salvatore Chiarelli presents 'From Italy with Love"
Saturday February 20th 2pm

Salvatore Chiarelli will sing Traditional, Popular & Classical Italian/Neapolitan Songs in both the Italian & English Languages.
He will also sing Italian arias from popular operas. 

Some sample songs & arias are:
O sole mio, Innamorata, That’s Amore, Parlami d’amore, Mariu, E lucevan le stelle & more.....
Virtual Concert

Francine Joel presents 'An Irish Song Celebration"
Saturday March 20th 2pm

Treat your audience with Music, Movement and Mirth this St. Patrick’s Day. Songs such as “Danny Boy”, “The Wearing Of The Green”, “Harrigan” and many more! St. Patrick’s Day humor and a wee bit o’ step dancing! Francine and Joel perform your Irish favorites in the lively, engaging style that they do best.

Adult DIY To-go Kit

February's to go kit is HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS! The kit will include the mold and hot chocolate mix. Patrons will have to purchase melting chocolate and marshmallows (if desired).

This kit is available for West Caldwell residents only. Patrons can reserve this kit starting on February 22nd.

Author Talk

23 Things I Wish I Could Ask My Mom and Dad Today” by Jan Zlotnick

Monday, February 22nd at 6pm

Join WCPL on February 22nd at 6pm as we host an Author talk with Jan Zlotnick to discuss his book “23 Things I Wish I Could Ask My Mom and Dad Today”. Jan will discuss his book and open the floor for Q&A. For more information on his book, visit www.janslittlenotebook.com 

Book Clubs

Night Time Read
February 9 at 6:30pm
The Farm by Joanna Ramos
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 818 0075 7365
To reserve a copy from the catalog, click here

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem
February 17 at 12pm
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 868 8776 2703
To reserve a copy from the catalog, click here

ESL Classes
WCPL will be hosting ESL virtually every Saturday at 2pm. To register, email richelle.defrank@westcaldwell.bccls.org
Upcoming Children Events
Little Listeners Program
Facebook Live

Mondays at 10:30 
January 11 - February 15

Join us on Facebook Live with your little one for songs, rhymes, stories and activity ideas.
Storytime to Go!

West Caldwell Cardholders Only
To reserve a storytime please send an email to wcaljuv@westcaldwell.bccls.org

Each storytime will contain 3 books, a craft and a list of songs and rhymes. Please let us know if you have a certain theme in mind.
Valentine's Creative Kit

Patrons can start grabbing this kit on Monday, February 8th by the curbside pickup table.

This kit will include:
  • Craft
  • Coloring
  • puzzles sheets

While supplies last, no reservation needed
Miss Michelle's Musical Story Times on ZOOM

Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
Saturdays at 10:30 am

Children of all ages can join Miss Michelle for her fun Story Times featuring stories and songs with craft & activity ideas!

To register and receive the ZOOM login info., email michelle.petrasek@westcaldwell. bccls.org

How to place holds on our "Library of Things"
Most of our items are featured in our MuseumKey. You are able to pick which date you would like the item for. Once you place a hold, you can pick up the item at the reference desk.
Library Resources
Brainfuse engages patrons of all ages through online homework help, writing lab assistance, test prep, video lessons, and study tools.
To access Brainfuse click the link below:
eBooks and downloadable audio books
Streaming TV and movies